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WATCH: RCMP seize Whistle Stop Cafe, removing owners from their property

The Mounties showed up at 6:30 a.m., on owner Chris Scott’s day off.

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A week after they confiscated its beer, Alberta RCMP officers and Alberta Health inspectors raided the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, AB. early Wednesday morning, and changed the locks on the property.

The Mounties showed up at 6:30 a.m. MST on owner Chris Scott’s day off. Four police cars blocked entrances into the building. There was only one staff member working at the time.

“This is disgusting,” Scott said to the RCMP officers and AHS officials on the scene as he drove into the parking lot.

The padlocked Whistle Stop

“How can any of you sleep at night? This is my property and I have the right to enjoy it.

“If you think this is gonna stop me, you have another thing coming.”

The AHS officer on the scene said they “are going to seize the building.”

After locking up the building, AHS officials got out of Dodge.

“We don’t need to be around when everybody rolls out of bed,” said one.

And moments after the authorities left, the Whistle Stop was back in business at their outdoor patio.

“We’re not closing,” said Scott.

Scott invited customers down to enjoy a “Freedom Burger” and enjoy it in the “Freedom Park.”

Whistle Stop’s Freedom Park

He said he has received several offers from people offering to destroy the lock “but that’s not an appropriate measure” at this time.

Scott said he had $75,000 worth of inventory, now “being held hostage by the AHS.”

RCMP officers, along with Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) inspectors, also raided the establishment last week – one of the first places in Alberta to defy the provincial COVID-19 lockdown order in January.

The AGLC had previously taken away its liquor licence and the Whistle Stop ceased beer sales. However, the establishment was raided for its beer supply later.

In scenes that looked like something from the prohibition era, an RCMP officer packed up all Whistle Stop’s beer without the owner’s consent and carted it away.

Scott decided to defy provincial lockdown orders and restrictions introduced by the UCP government and opened his restaurant on Jan. 21. He said he has received overwhelming support, and daily visits from the Mounties.

Scott is the only gas station/cafe in the town of about 500, 50-km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s seeing people from all over the province stopping in.

“The law is garbage – it”s doing more harm than good,” said Scott in an earlier interview with the Western Standard.

Chris Scott

“It’s also a financial issue, my sister and I were just sitting back and watching our savings dwindle.”

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott, who could face a raft of penalties from fines, loss of his liquor licence and even jail.

Scott has owned the cafe since July 2019, but it has been a fixture in town since 1967.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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17 Comments

  1. Stew James

    May 6, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Alberta separate now! Enough is enough!

  2. Declan Carroll

    May 6, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Only one way to respond to this tyranny. Time for another Rooodeeeoooo!

  3. Dennis Richter

    May 6, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Here is just one of many Doctors that are speaking out under threat from MSM, Big Pharma and governments about the proven results of the drug Ivermectin in the treatment & prevention of COVID 19. Everything we see and hear in the media is all about the rising case numbers, hospitals overwhelmed, bla bla bla. Well if that is in fact the case why not try another approach to keep people out of the hospitals and actually prevent the spread with a proven, efficient and inexpensive drug that has been around for 40+ years. How about the truth from government? People need to start asking questions. https://youtu.be/19DPijOoVKE https://youtu.be/JESrh_2KOzo

  4. Joc2257

    May 6, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Kenney and the UPC need to be gone in the next election. Albertans need political leaders that want to follow the will of the people and listen and read the science other than what is being pushed out by the globalist master in Ottawa. Albertans need to elect a party that will respect the rule of la, the freedoms and safety of it’s citizens.
    Albertans need to join the Wildrose Independence Party and forge ahead in getting all the recommendations of the Fair Deal panel, set up our autonomy and maybe then look at where this province fits in this con job of a federation

  5. Steven Ruthven

    May 5, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Governor Hinshaw just approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is pissing me off. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought AHS wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed !! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then Dr. Hinshaw. What a damn bully & the hypocrisy of the NDP controlling AHS is sure showing.

    It’s a real kick in the nuts to the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so called circuit breaker lockdown. Schools are controlled by the NDP so special privilege’s then? AHS is controlled by the NDP Dr. Hinshaw so special privilege’s for her NDP controlled schools.

    I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney can you?

  6. Left Coast

    May 5, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Becoming more and more like East Germany . . . in the ole Soviet Union.

    And Canada’s Royal Canadian Police Farce is eager to go right along and become the 21st Century Stasi.

    There’s 600 odd folks in the Hospital . . . out of what 2.5 Million.

    Kenny & his dour Dr. are a Clown Show . . . doing the same thing over & over expecting a different result . . .

    Meanwhile . . . Florida, South Dakota, Texas are NORMAL today!

  7. david william

    May 5, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    One thing for sure the free advertising will carry forward the business for years to come. It is now considered a tourism destination must-see. The opportunity for advancement and even franchisement will offer more jobs in Alberta than the UCP has delivered. Oh, I forgot they are the reason. Look forward to visiting on a future road trip to visit the Gopher Museum in Torrington.

  8. Royden Yuill

    May 5, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    I hope you notified the utility companies to send any bills after 6:31 am directly to dr henshaw, I’m sure her office address is public knowledge. Any other bills associated with the building as well.

  9. Eldon

    May 5, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    I agree with the other commentary. The only way forward for Alberta is by electing the WIP to government.
    Both the NDP and the UCP have failed Albertans. Call your UCP MLA and insist he/she leave the UCP and join the WIP. Inform them that is the only way they will get your vote.

  10. Mars Hill

    May 5, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    A lawyer that’s been there and getting it started….
    https://www.brighteon.com/9a9b3255-5465-4224-b018-4a91498354b6

  11. Barbara

    May 5, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    What a joke. You know how the mMSM is saying Britain is locked down? Well look at this. No wonder Trudeau doesn’t want us to travel.
    https://www.rebelnews.com/rebel_in_london_investigating_the_uk_lockdown

  12. westofsask@hotmail.com

    May 5, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    The government and AHS have done this and increased restrictions not for the manufactured 3rd wave, but to punish Albertans for disobeying their dictates! They hope that by punishing the people complying they not only push more vaccines, but cause those businesses to turn on braver entrepreneurs like Chris. The cops have also chosen their side. Let’s be honest, they chose their side when they went after Grace Life.

  13. Scott Rivers

    May 5, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Unbelievable

    WIP Membership bought and Donation made.

  14. Baron Not Baron

    May 5, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Get a membership in Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and get things moving!

  15. Greg Hilz

    May 5, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Chris is 100% in the RIGHT!! This TRULY needs to be shared on EVERY platform!!! Repeatedly!! https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/05/05/new-report-sheds-light-on-vaccine-doomsday-cult/

  16. Dennis Richter

    May 5, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Okay folks, Chris is right. What we’ve had for the past decade or more is not working. It’s time for us Albertans to step up to the plate and become involved in our government. For a small investment of $20 for a membership in the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta you can get involved in shaping the future of Alberta in a way that has never happened before.
    Wildrose.party in 2023. The same old, same old ain’t workin.

  17. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 5, 2021 at 10:12 am

    The ucp gov leaders are acting like loonies.Let see if I got this right ; Close business confiscate private property throw ministers in jail is really Alberta? All this to protect the highest paid health system in Canada . No alterate plan play the same record hey Kenny people are tired of the tune.

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

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A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.


The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.


Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.


RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.


This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.


“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.


The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.


The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.


“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”

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BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

On Monday, the Surrey Board of Trade wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister of Canada Patty Hajdu, BC Premier John Horgan, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix urging them to “implement a proof-of-immunization model.”

“We support a centralized, Canada-wide approach to COVID-19 proof-of immunization that could be easily used to confirm vaccination status for international and domestic use,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The separation of lines – which was put in place as a federal policy – has since been removed following extensive public push-back.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.

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Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.
mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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